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Acupuncture helped the mother overcome the migraine and hypertension during pregnancy

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Many patients choose anti-hypertension medications when diagnosed with hypertension. Many medical professionals also suggest patients with hypertension use such medications as soon as possible, and as long as possible. The reason being to prevent heart, brain and kidney complications caused by long-term and/or very high hypertension.

However, it would benefit patients with the stage one hypertension to seek non-medication treatment first.  At stage one, hypertension is more related to the imbalance of a patients’ autonomic nervous system; the high activity of sympathic nerve and low activity of vagus nerve. This imbalance can be corrected by one or more of the following: resting, meditation(such as Tai ji, Qigong or meditation-like yoga), acupuncture, or Chinese herbology. A lower sodium diet will also help to some extent.

Recently, there are have been few patients with hypertension who came to see me. One patient had hypertension for about four months prior the her visit due to high stress. Her father was very ill and passed away. She flew to his hospital prior to his death and stayed there to take care of him for many days. She did not get enough sleep and her BP was consistently 140-160/90-110mmHg.   When she came to me, her BP was 150/85mmHg. I gave her an acupuncture treatment, and after half hour’s treatment, her BP lowered to 126/86mmHg. I gave her an herbal pill, Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan to use at home for one week. Today, she saw me again and reported that her BP was very stable-about 124/86mmHg(we confirmed this data). I treated her with acupuncture once again, and she admitted to feeling very relaxed.

Another patient who already has had stage two hypertension for a few years came to my office recently. She has been using acupuncture and herbs, and her blood pressure has also returned to normal.

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Clin Exp Hypertens. 2010;32(7):423-5. Epub 2010 Sep 9.

Cupping for hypertension: a systematic review.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20828224

Lee MS, Choi TY, Shin BC, Kim JI, Nam SS. Source Division of Standard Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, South Korea. drmslee@gmail.com

Abstract

The objective of this review is to assess the clinical evidence for or against cupping as a treatment for hypertension. We searched the literature using 15 databases from their inception to 30 June 2009, without language restrictions. We included all clinical trials (CTs) of cupping to treat hypertension in human patients. Risk of bias was assessed using the Cochrane criteria. Two CTs met all inclusion criteria. One RCT (randomized CT) assessed the effectiveness of dry cupping on changes in cerebral vascular function compared with drug therapy. Their results suggested significant effect in favor of cupping on vascular compliance and degree of vascular filling. One uncontrolled observational study (UOS) tested wet cupping for acute hypertension and found that a one-time treatment reduced blood pressure. In conclusion, the evidence is not significantly convincing to suggest cupping is effective for treating hypertension. Further research is required to investigate whether it generates any specific effects for that condition.

Dr.Arthur Fan’s view:

Cupping is an effective, safe and easy way to treat the hypertension, esp. for the satge one.  However, due to limited information, many people could not know this is an effective way to treat people’s hypertension. Investing for its scientific study is a little bit charllenge, because this study will not give the industry any benefit (for drug study may have a big “money return”.)

Patients could use cupping by themselve in home, once a day for two weeks, and take BP everyday, then could see how effective it is!

The mechanism of cupping, is adjusting the “Qi flow” (adjusting autonomic nervous system), activating the blood circulation(at least the microcirculation), then BP automatically back to normal.

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Extreme Fatigue, Epilepsy —Autonomic Nervous Seizure, Tics.

Epilepsy treated by Dr Arthur Fan

  
Mr. A.C. 59 Years Old. Mr. A.C. first visit to Dr. Arthur Fan was October 9, 2004. Mr. A.C. explained to Dr. Fan that he was experiencing extreme fatigue and had been feeling this fatigue for over a year and half. Since the spring of 2003, Mr. A.C. had felt exhausted / extremely fatigued.?However, he did not know why he was feeling so exhausted. Mr. A.C. stated that he then experienced a partial recovery and seemed to be feeling less fatigue in the summer of 2004. But in July of 2004, Mr. A.C. symptoms became more severe; he became lethargic and the patient lost almost all daily activity. During the summer of 2004, Mr. A.C. spent his days lying in bed. The patient indicated that he was walking less than 15 minutes per day. He also indicated that he needed help to be fed and needed help getting dressed. Without assistance doing normal daily activities, the patient would experience the onset of extreme fatigue. Mr. A.C. would experience relapses when he heard certain noises, moved his hands or fingers, watched television, or used a computer.

The three types of symptom groups experienced were:

1.) Sudden onset of thoracic tightness, obstruction of the thorax with nausea, skin on the back tightening and difficulty breathing— (these symptoms would last several seconds and the patient would feel extremely uncomfortable).

2.) Sudden onset of numbness, tingling and the feeling of coldness in his arms and legs (when other people touched his extremities they did not feel the coldness), sudden hypertension and anxiety which would cause Mr. A.C. heart rate to increase to over 100 beats per sec, his face would turn red, his whole body would begin to perspire and he would then faint. (These symptoms would also last several seconds and recur several times during a day. This would happen for several hours.) After these episodes, the patient would experience lethargy, and says he was extremely tired for several days.

3.) Mr. A.C. also would feel like his throat was obstructed, he could not breathe and his voice would make a spasmodic sound, and he would make a tic sound which sounded like, ge, ge? (These symptoms would present themselves very often.) According to Mr. A.C., he had experienced similar symptoms over 30 years ago when he contracted Hepatitis A, he stated that he had experienced a high fever like that of a common cold. He recovered, he said, after treating his condition with herbal tea prescribed by an experienced doctor. After a complete physical and neurological examination, nothing seemed abnormal except some tics in his throat muscles.(Dr. Fan indicated that there are Ke, Ke?spasm-sounds when he tells his medical history, slightly decreased muscular strength (4+/in 0-5 scale), a bitter taste in his mouth, a thick yellow coating (fur) on his tongue, yellow looking skin color, a low pulse rate and minor bouts with slight diarrhea, or loose stools. Dr. Fan indicated no abnormalities in EEG, EMG, brain MRI, Sono Echocard, chest CT, etc.

Diagnosis: Extreme Fatigue, Epilepsy-Autonomic Nervous Seizure, Tics; Wet-heat type syndrome in Traditional Chinese medicine. Treatments:
1. Acupuncture, 2 sessions per week;
2. Individualized Chinese herbal tea, adjusted the herbs and dosage by each week.

In order to accurately document any change in the patient’s condition, a symptom index was adopted. Dates are on the bottom while the patient provided a figure (10 to 140. —0 is no onset, 140 is the worst—). The symptom index is the sum of whole week of the symptom’s severity level of all three groups of symptoms multiplied by the number of hours of onset per day. For example, on Sunday, the patient had level 2 symptoms, and they lasted about 3 hours, so the index was 6;on Monday, he had level 5 symptoms, but only for half an hour, so the index would be 2.5. In order to determine the patient’s progress, the Sum of the whole 7 days?indexes, would create the quotient of the symptom index?for that week. After 16 sessions of acupuncture and 8 weeks of herbal tea treatment,

Mr. A.C. says, Dear Dr. Fan, Thank you so very much for improving the quality of my life! The acupuncture treatments have been very effective. In fact, there have been some days since December 1st, 2005 where I have had absolutely no symptoms. I can now eat, get out of bed, put on my own clothes and can actually walk home. I can also get up for several hours a day now. Before I saw you and you gave me the teas and acupuncture treatments I was lying in bed all day. I know the acupuncture is a good treatment for stopping my second group of symptoms. Thank you so much!!!? Dr. Fan states that during February to May of 2005, Mr. A.C. had a slight relapse due to too much of daily activities and stress.?Mr. Fan adjusted the herbal medicine to help control Mr. A.C.’s emotional state. Dr. Fan noted that his patient’s condition became better and better (see the symptom index in figure), he stopped the acupuncture treatments and just prescribed that Mr. A.C. drink herbal tea. Currently, patient feels the condition is very stable and almost all three groups?symptoms have disappeared. Dr. Fan is now working on stabilizing the effectiveness and restoring patient’s constitution. Dr. Fan’s methods and treatments with acupuncture and herbal tea are very effective for many different types of illnesses. His alternative health practice is making people lives better every day.

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